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  • Srinagar entered the list of Open Defecation Free cities

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    Srinagar entered the list of Open Defecation Free (ODF) cities. The announcement was made by Mayor of Srinagar Junaid Azim Mattu. Srinagar received its Swachhata Certificate from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India. Also, Srinagar has achieved the 45th rank in Cleanest Cities in the country. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs issues this certificate to cities in the country. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or the Clean India Mission was introduced as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on October 2 in 2014. The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan meant to make India the Open Defecation Free (ODF) by 2019. It ensures to provide sanitation facilities to all. The campaign was completed by 2 October 2019 to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

    Commerce Ministry sets up National Startup Advisory Council to foster start-ups in India

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    The government has announced that it is to set up a National Startup Advisory Council on 21 January 2020. The council will advise the Centre on measures needed to build a strong ecosystem for nurturing innovation and start-ups in India. It was set up by commerce and industry ministry. Members: The Advisory Council will be chaired by the Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal. It consists of non-official members to be nominated by the Centre, founders of successful start-ups, veterans who have grown and scaled companies in India, persons capable to represent interests of investors into start-ups. National Startup Advisory Council: ♦ The Council will suggest measures to foster a culture of innovation among students and others, the commerce and industry ministry. ♦ It will suggest measures to facilitate public organizations to protect and commercialization of intellectual property rights, to promote the creation, assimilate innovation, make it easier to start, operate, grow and exit businesses by reducing regulatory compliances and costs. ♦ The Council will also direct the companies to promote ease of access to capital for start-ups, mobilize global capital for investments, incentivize domestic capital for investments, and keep control of start-ups with original promoters.

    Cabinet approves agreement between India and Brazil on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters

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    PM Shri Narendra Modi-led Union Cabinet approved the Agreement between India and the Federative Republic of Brazil on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters has to be signed. Agreement Provision: ♦ The Agreement aims to enhance the effectiveness of both the countries in investigation and prosecution of crime through cooperation and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters.  ♦ The Agreement will provide a broad legal framework for bilateral cooperation with the Federative Republic of Brazil in investigation and prosecution of crime and in tracing, restraint and confiscation of proceeds and instruments of crime and the fund meant to finance terrorist acts.

    India, Brazil MoU gets approved for cooperation in the oil and natural gas sector

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    The Union Cabinet led by the PM Narendra Modi approved the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Republic of India and the Federative Republic of Brazil. The MoU on cooperation in the field of oil and natural gas. The MoU is expected to be signed during the visit of President of Brazil to India in January 2020. MoU Provisions: ♦ The MoU will enhance cooperation between the two sides in the oil and natural gas sector.  ♦ Both the countries will work towards establishing cooperation in the E&P initiatives in Brazil and India, research & development in this sector, explore collaboration in Liquefied Natural Gas projects in Brazil, India and third countries. ♦ It encourages collaboration in oil energy and environmental issues, including energy policies such as energy research development, energy efficiency, and expansion of the regional energy infrastructure networks.

    Cabinet approves Model MoU for recognition of Certificates of Competency of seafarers

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    The Union Cabinet approved the Model Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for unilateral and bilateral recognition of Certificates, pursuant to Regulation  1/10 of International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers, 1978. It will be signed between the Directorate General of Shipping, GoI and its counterparts in foreign countries after the approval of Minister-in-charge of Shipping and the Minister of External Affairs (MEA).  Benefits: ♦ The MoU will facilitate unilateral recognition by another country of the certificates issued by the Directorate General of Shipping to Indian seafarers. It will not seek similar recognition by India of the certificates issued by that country. ♦ Under this MoU, Indian Seafarers will be eligible to be placed on ships under the flag of that country for employment ♦ It will lead to increased employment opportunities.  ♦ The bilateral MoU aims to enable India and another country to mutually recognize maritime education and training, certificates of competency, endorsements, documentary evidence of training and medical fitness certificates, issued to the seafarers who are citizens of respective countries in accordance with the provisions of regulation 1/10 of the STCW Convention.  ♦ The MoU will make the seafarers of both the countries to be eligible for employment on ships of either party based on the certificates so recognized.   ♦ It will benefit a large pool of trained seafarers in India.

    Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurated Vigyan Samagam Exhibition in New Delhi

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    The Union Minister of State (I/C) Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurated India's first global Mega Science Exhibition "Vigyan Samagam" at National Science Centre, New Delhi at 21 January 2020. It will be be held from 21 January to 20 March 2020 in New Delhi. The details about the exhibition, projects, and schedule are available on the Vigyan Samagam website www.vigyansamagam.in and on the mobile app Vigyan Samagam. Organized by: The exhibition is jointly organized Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science & Technology, GoI and the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) under the ageis of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). Aim: The exhibition aims to highlight the value and impact of fundamental research to a broad cross-section of the audience including students, academician, and industry. The exhibition also aims to further strengthen India's participation in mega-science Projects Vigyan Samagam exhibition: ♦ Vigyan Samagam exhibition will showcase India's contribution to international collaborations on fundamental science and research, and providing a common interactive platform for mega-science Projects, industry, academia, and institutions.  ♦ It provides a science communication platform for members of civil society, policymakers, representatives of print and electronic media. ♦ It also ushers fundamental science and research as a strong career option for youngsters. ♦ The audience is expected to pave the way for greater interaction between all stakeholders in ideas including cross-fertilization. ♦ The Mega-science collaborations have proposed to showcase: 1. European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) 2. Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) 3. India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) 4. International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) 5. Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) 6. Square Kilometre Array (SKA) 7. Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) ♦ School activities like quizzes, drawing contests, essay-writing, and popular outdoor programmes like science awareness cyclothon, etc. will be carried out during VigyanSamagam. ♦ The Exhibition is aimed at igniting the minds of students, academia, and industry to look for opportunities to pursue fundamental science and research as a strong career option.    Background: The Vigyan Samagam exhibition is first of its kind and is being hosted in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, and Delhi from May 2019 to March 2020. The exhibition was hosted for around two months at each venue. It was held in Mumbai from 8 May 2019 to 7 July 2019, in Bengaluru from 29 July to 28 September 2019 and in Kolkata from 4 November to 31 December 2019. 

    Telangana to test voter identification through a face recognition application

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    The Telangana government is planning to test voter identification through a face recognition application on a pilot basis in the municipal elections of 23 January 2020. For the first time, the face recognition software will be used to ascertain the identity of voters in the state. Face recognition: ♦ The pilot basis test will be implemented in Kompally Municipality in Medchal Malkajgiri district for 10 polling stations.  ♦ An Additional Polling Officer will click pictures of the voter and the identity card submitted by her on mobile phone with the facial recognition app. ♦ It will then be sent to the Telangana State Technology Services (TSTS). After matching, the result will be sent back to the mobile phone.

    PM to chair the 32nd interaction through PRAGATI platform

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to chair the 32nd interaction through the PRAGATI platform on 22 January 2020. He will discuss the Information and Communications Technology, multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation. 31st interactions of PRAGATI: ♦ In the 31st interactions of PRAGATI, projects worth over Rs.12 lakh crores were reviewed by the Prime Minister. ♦ Also, 9 projects worth over Rs.61,000 crore related to 16 States and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir was discussed.  ♦ They also discussed on various topics like grievances of Indian citizens working abroad, Aspirational District Programme, National Agriculture Market, and infrastructure development programmes and initiatives. PRAGATI: Prime Minister has launched the multi-purpose and multi-modal governance platform PRAGATI on 25 March 2015. PRAGATI is an integrating and interactive platform. It aimed at addressing the grievances of common people. PRAGATI also monitors and reviews important programmes and projects of the Centre and State Governments.

    The 12th National Tribal Youth Exchange Programme began in Puducherry

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    The 12th National Tribal Youth Exchange Programme began in Puducherry on 19 January 2020. The programme was inaugurated by Lieutenant Governor Dr. Kiran Bedi.  Organized by: The week-long programme is being jointly organized by the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and Puducherry Government.  12th National Tribal Youth Exchange Programme: ♦ It is expected that 200 youths from Naxal-affected areas of Chhattisgarh State will be participating in the 12th  National Tribal Youth Exchange Programme.  ♦ The programme has been aimed to ensure the development and empowerment of tribal youths.   ♦ During the programme, the participants will be visiting many places to know about the language, customs, culture, arts, dressing patterns, food pattern and other aspects of Puducherry.  ♦ Lt. Governor Dr. Kiran Bedi, Chief Minister Narayanasamy, Ministers, MLAs, Officials from District Administration will take part in the activities.

    AIM and UNDP hosted 3-day Youth Co:Lab National Innovation Challenge

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    Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) NITI Aayog and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hosted the Youth Co: Lab -national innovation challenge was held from 17-19 January in Delhi.  Aim: The move by AIM and UNDP aims to support young people by catalyzing youth-led innovation and empower them through Youth Co:Lab. It aims to foster technology and promote youth leadership and social entrepreneurship in India. Youth Co:Lab’s national innovation challenge: ♦ In the first phase, a series of innovation challenges were held in four cities: Jyothy Foundation-Bengaluru, AIC-Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini Foundation from Mumbai, AIC-Prestige Inspire Foundation from Indore and AIC-Mahamana Foundation For Innovation and Entrepreneurship - IM-BHU from Varanasi. ♦ More than 60 teams were selected and the top 15 winning teams contested in the National Innovation Challenge in Delhi. 15 teams were nominated from the pool of start-ups incubated at the Atal Incubation Centres. ♦ During the 3-day Youth Co: Lab National Innovation Challenge, the 30 selected teams participated. ♦ Four winning teams were selected to represent India at the Youth Co:Lab Regional Innovation Challenge in Malaysia which has been scheduled to be held in April 2020. ♦ Among the 4 teams, the top 2 teams will be fully funded and the next two teams will be partially funded for the final summit.  ♦ Also, the top eight teams will get incubated at the Atal Incubation Centres and receive support from UNDP to enhance their impact management for a year. Youth Co:Lab: Youth Co:Lab was co-created by UNDP and the Citi Foundation in 2017. It was aimed to establish a common agenda for Asia-Pacific countries to invest in and empower youth to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through leadership, social innovation and entrepreneurship.  Youth Co:Lab was launched in India in October 2019 in collaboration with Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog. It aims to develop skills, catalyzing and sustaining youth-led start-ups and social enterprises across the region.

    PM Modi, PM Oli jointly inaugurates second ICP at Jogbani-Biratnagar

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    Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Nepal Shri K.P. Oli has jointly inaugurated the second Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Jogbani-Biratnagar 21 January 2020.  Jogbani-Biratnagar ICP: ♦ Nepal built the second Integrated Check Post at Jogbani-Biratnagar has been built with Indian assistance.   ♦ The ICP will facilitate trade and people’s movement across the India-Nepal border.  ♦ The first ICP was built at the Raxaul-Birgunj border in 2018. ♦ India's housing project: Prime Ministers from both sides witnessed the remarkable progress in the Government of India assisted post-earthquake housing reconstruction projects in Nepal.  Apart from this, GoI has a commitment to build 50,000 houses in Gorkha and Nuwakot districts. Out of the total, 45,000 have been completed successfully. Nepal: President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari Vice President: Nanda Kishor Pun Prime Minister: Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli Capital: Kathmandu Currency: Nepalese rupee Rs (NPR)

    Government launch of Paperless Licensing for Petroleum Service Stations

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    Government unveiled the paperless licensing process through Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) for petroleum service stations, the retail outlets storing and dispensing petrol/diesel for motor conveyances. It was launched by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.  Paperless licensing process: ♦ The initiative by the government is in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India and Ease of Doing Business towards paperless. ♦ It aims to achieve green India that will provide a simpler mechanism, ease of living and business to the petroleum road tanker owners.  ♦ The licensing process includes filing the applications online, online payment of fees without any manual interface. The fee will directly go to the concerned officer's ID.  ♦ At every stage of processing of the application, the applicants will be intimated via SMS and email, in case of discrepancy or grant of license or approval.  ♦ Every single detail will reflect on the applicant's profile.  ♦ The process does not require any printing and physical dispatch of license.  ♦ The license will be dispatched electronically. ♦ The move will benefit more than 70,000 Petroleum Pump Owners. ♦ An added advantage of the move is that the authenticity of the licence may be verified on PESO's portal, https://peso.gov.in/index.aspx. ♦ It will also improve the ease of doing business to Petroleum Pumps Owners. Background: The initiative for the petroleum pump licensing is promoted under the Petroleum Rules, 2002. On 7 January 2020, the government launched a paperless application and grant of licence process for road tankers for transportation of petroleum.

    PM interacted with Students at 2020 Pariksha Pe Charcha

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    The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi interacted with students as part of Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020 at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi on 20 January 2020.  Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020-Highlights: ♦ 50 Divyang students took part in the interaction programme.  ♦ The interaction between PM and the students lasted for over 90 minutes ♦ The students sought guidance on various issues of importance to them from the Prime Minister.  ♦ He highlighted the important role of the students who are in 10th, 11th and 12th standards. ♦ PM Modi encouraged students not to get demotivated due to factors that are external to them. ♦ He discussed on Balancing Extra-Curricular Activities and Studies ♦ He guided them to fulfill the rights of the students. ♦ He counseled them on ways to deal with pressure and expectations from parents and teachers. Participants: Students from India, and also Indian students residing abroad, participated in the event. Background: The government launched Online competition in short essays for students of classes 9 to 12 for the third edition of Prime Minister's Interaction Programme Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020. The entries for the competition were invited online from 2-23 December 2019 through www.mygov.in. Over 3 lakh children registered themselves and around 2.6 lakh students participated in the competition. 1.03 lakhs students participated in the competition in 2019. Selected winners attended Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020 and interacted with PM Narendra Modi. A painting and poster making competition was held on exam related issues for CBSE and KVS school students. Over 725 posters and paintings were received and 50 were selected. Those paintings were exhibited before the Prime Minister during the Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020.

    National Immunization Day was observed on 19 January

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    National Immunization Day was observed on 19 January 2020. The day was aimed to maintain the NO POLIO status of the country. On this day, a nationwide programme to administer polio drops to children below 5 years was organized throughout the country.  Aim: The Pulse Polio programme ensures to protect children from polio disease and aims to eliminate poliomyelitis in India. Pulse Polio Programme 2020: ♦ President Ram Nath Kovind launched the Pulse Polio Programme 2020 and administered Polio drops to children below the age of 5 at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. ♦ Two nationwide mass polio vaccination campaigns and two to three sub-national campaigns are held every year. ♦ Under the Pulse Polio Programme 2020, polio drops were administered to children less than five years of age.  ♦ Approximately 17.4 crore children of less than five years across the country were being administered polio drops.  ♦ In Puducherry, Chief Minister Narayanasamy launched the Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) programme on 20 January 2020. Around 82,000 children were administered polio drops through 452 centres in Puducherry.  ♦ The immunization programme will be held for the next two days to cover all the left out children by the door to door visit. Polio Free India: ♦ Pulse Polio Immunization programme was launched in 1995 in India. ♦ Vellore of Tamil Nadu became the first Indian town to become 100% polio-free through the pulse strategy, and the rest of India adopted the strategy in 1995. ♦ India was declared polio-free country on 27 March 2014.  ♦ The last reported cases of polio in India were in West Bengal and Gujarat on 13 January 2011. Polio: Polio, also known as poliomyelitis, is a highly contagious viral disease caused by Poliovirus. It attacks the nervous system. Children less than 5 years are more likely to contract the virus than any other group. Poliovirus spreads by food or water containing human faeces and less commonly from infected saliva. Vaccination is provided to all children under the age of five years to fight polio. 

    Indian Railway to replace Urdu with Sanskrit on signboards at Uttarakhand platforms

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    The Indian Railway authorities have decided to replace the Urdu language on signboards at the Uttarakhand state platforms with Sanskrit. The decision by the railways was taken as per provisions of the Railway Manual. It stated that the names of the railway stations should be written in Hindi, English and in the second language of the state. Sanskrit is Uttarakhand's second language. Hence, as per the manuals, Sanskrit must be used on signboards along with English and Hindi.  Earlier, Urdu was used on signboards of Uttarakhand as the state was part of Uttar Pradesh, where the second language is Urdu. The signboards in Uttarakhand railway station have names of railway stations written in Hindi, English, and Urdu. It will now be written in Hindi, English, and Sanskrit.  Sanskrit- Uttarakhand's second official language: In 2010, the Uttarakhand state government became the first in the country to give Sanskrit the status of the second official language of the Himalayan state. The move aimed to promote Sanskrit in the state. 

    The 14th Foundation day of DFCCIL was celebrated in New Delhi

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    The 14th Foundation day of Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) was celebrated in New Delhi on 18 January 2020. Union Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry Shri Piyush Goyal participated in the event.  Achievements of DFCCIL: ♦ DFCCIL completed 500 km of Dedicated Freight Corridor. It has also set its target to achieve the goal of 991km by March 2020.  ♦ DFC has an impact to transform the railway sector. It is necessary to have separate tracks for freight and for passengers to ensure faster movement of both. ♦ Indian Railways has directed DFCCIL to run freight trains in convoys for maximum utilization of the path and increasing the average speed of freight trains.  ♦ Dedicated Freight Corridors plays a vital role in a paradigm change in Indian Railways and asserted that DFCCIL will play a significant role in shaping the Indian economy. Participants: Smt. ManjulaRangarajan, Financial Commissioner, Railway Board, Shri Pradeep Kumar, Member S&T, Railway Board, Ms PinkyAnand, Additional Solicitor General. An array of senior officers from Railway Board, DFCCIL, PSUs, World Bank & JICA, and other stakeholders participated in the event. Awards: Awards were presented to 28 individual awards and 4 Group awards were given to the ceremony. Ajmer & Ahmedabad units jointly won the running shield for the Western Corridor. Pt. Deendayal Upadhayaya, Mughalsarai unit was awarded the Eastern Corridor. Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL): Established on: 2006 Headquarters: New Delhi Chairman: Vinod Kumar Yadav Managing Director: Anurag Kumar Sachan DFCCIL functions under Indian Railways of Ministry of Railways. It was registered under the Companies Act 1956 in 2006.

    Electric vehicles are future of India Elecrama conference at Noida

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    Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar explained that the electric vehicles are the future of the country as they are eco-friendly and helpful in the reduction of carbon footprint. The fourteenth edition of Elecrama - a conference for discussion on new trends and innovation for energy transition at Greater Noida. The Saubhagya Yojana benefitted 3.5 crore households through electrification. The Saubhagya Yojna within the period. The Government incentivized the use of LED Bulbs, which has decreased a substantial amount of power consumption, also resulting in more significant savings for the consumers. The electricity is a tool that empowers every individual, and the Government is committed to empowering every household with electricity connection.

    Fifteen Finance Commission to hold meetings with stakeholders of the State of Goa

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    The 15th Finance Commission will visit the State Goa and hold meetings with the State Government and other stakeholders on 23rd -24th January 2020. Chairman, Sh will head the Commission. N.K. Singh and include all its Members and senior officials. The Commission had a meeting with the Principal Accountant General of Goa, who made a detailed presentation to the Commission on the State’s finances. The Finance Commission has separate meetings with the representatives of the State’s Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), Rural Local Bodies (RLBs), representatives of Trade and Industry bodies of the State, and representatives of the Political Parties of Goa. The Commission is scheduled to have a detailed meeting with the Chief Minister of Goa along with other Ministers and senior State Government officials.

    Gujarat ranked top for water efficiency Delhi among worst performing states

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    Gujarat ranked the best for parameters on efficiency targets in the review of state and Central government water departments by the ministry of Jal Shakti. Rajasthan is the third-best, and Delhi is among the worst-performing states, according to the ranking for 2019 circulated to different state governments recently. The seven Central departments reviewed, the Survey of India, got the top billing followed by the National Institute of Hydrology (NIH) and Central Water Commission. The Central Pollution Control Board, the country’s pollution watchdog, has got the lowest rank in the ranking for the year 2019. Telangana got the top slot, and this year’s topper, Gujarat, was ranked seventh last time. Delhi. Among the states that significantly improved its ranking was Tamil Nadu. Central government The departments ranked on parameters for procurement, finance, real-time data acquisition system, data digitization, analytical work, training, and updating MIS. The agencies are given a score out of 100, and those scoring between 48 and 100 are called satisfactory; the ones scoring between 40 and 48 are moderately satisfactory. The ranking is moderate considering moderate is 48 to 100 points, the water resource departments of nine states, union territories, and river basin organizations ranked as satisfactory, eight are moderately satisfactory, four moderately unsatisfactory, and 12, including Delhi, are in the unsatisfactory category. The states that have done satisfactory work under the project are Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat SW, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra Rajasthan, Telangana, and West Bengal SW. SW stands for the surface water department and GW for the groundwater department. Gujarat surface water department scored 80.51 to be on top of the implementing agencies, followed by Damodar Valley Corporation with a 68.24 score and Rajasthan with a score of 66.73. The other states have scored less than 50, indicating that there is a vast scope of improvement in these states to achieve the national water targets. Rajasthan ranked 16th in the April-May 2018 rankings. In the rankings issued in December 2019, the country has made a quantum jump and is among the rules for the best management of its water resources.

    Union Government red flags 40,000 businesses for excess tax rebate claims

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    GST authorities zeroed in on about 40,000 companies for claiming excess or wrongful tax rebates be pursued for the recovery of tax dues. The authorities can recover tax dues from the identified companies with electronic communication such as emails and text messages. The union government recently stepped up efforts to mobilize revenue collection by launch a crackdown on tax evaders and those who have claimed rebates over the taxes paid on raw materials and services procured. The Electronic communications to such identified taxpayers and fraudulent refund seekers and over-invoice users would be followed by visits from GST field formations to make them abide by the law and pay tax dues in time. The drive will cover all businesses that have claimed excess tax rebates, have not filed tax returns, or have given information that fails to match with what their suppliers have disclosed. The revenue department set a target of collecting ₹1.15 trillion in GST each in January and February and ₹1.25 trillion in March. The central and state governments have collected over ₹9 trillion in GST. 

    Gujarat CM launched 7th Economic Census process

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    Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani launched the 7th Economic Census process in the state. The Economic Census process organized by the Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation with the help of Common Service Centres. Around 40 thousand enumerators will use mobile applications for the first time to gather information under the guidance of 6,500 supervisors. The enumerators will personally visit door to door for necessary information like members of the family, their economic activity, whether it is shop, office, or factory. It will continue till 30th June 2020. The entire data will be compiled on 30th September 2020. The data of this Economic Census will be classified into the village, taluka, and district-wise to be developed into a National Business Register. This will be a very useful document for application into socio-economic issues of the country.

    India prepares for Corona Virus-Steps of Health Ministry

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    India monitoring the happenings in China and other countries after two died and 41 were confirmed to be infected with Coronavirus. India is preparing from WHO (World Health Organization) that the infections of the virus are linked to the seafood market. International travelers from China examined thoroughly using thermal scanners. These are currently being done at Mumbai, Delhi, and Kolkata. India India is one of the world's largest seafood producers and top exporter of fish and fish products to the major developed markets of the world such as US, Europe, South East Asia, Japan, and the Middle East. The sector contributes 1.1% of India's GDP and 5.2% of the share of agriculture's GDP of India. India's buoyant seafood industry emerged as the largest group in agricultural exports of the country.  The government initiatives and policy support, The Marine Products Exports Development Authority (MPEDA), forecasts that India will achieve an export target of USD 10 billion by 2022.

    NITI Aayog and Union Territory of Ladakh signed MoU for Development of Infrastructure Projects

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    NITI Aayog entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UT administration on 17 January 2020. The MoU NITI Aayog will be supporting the UT’s administration through its crucial initiative Development Support Services to States for Infrastructure Projects (D3S-i). The MoU executed in the presence of NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and Joint Secretary MC Jauhari. It will be signed by NITI Aayog Senior Adviser Dr. Yogesh Suri and Adviser to the Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh Umang Narula. The partnership thrust on the identification of high-impact priority projects, expedited project implementation, addressing structural-level issues, and creating unique models of development for the Union Territory of Ladakh. NITI Aayog committed to assist the UT’s administration in creating a strategic plan for identifying prioritized infrastructure projects and by providing end-to-end transaction-management support for the identified projects. The team of professionals is expected to be stationed at Ladakh for the identification and development of projects in the UT especially in tourism, solar energy, and necessary infrastructure.

    Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020 to be held at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi

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    Students teachers and parents across India are waiting for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interaction program Pariksha Pe Charcha-2020. The event will be held at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi. The two thousand students, parents, and teachers will be participating from all over the country.  Pariksha Pe Charcha program In February 2018, during the first edition of the Pariksha Pe Charcha program, the Prime Minister spoke of the importance of Anuspardha rather than Pratispardha. Vansh Aggarwal, a student of Modern Vidya Niketan.

    National Information Centre sets up Centre of Block Chain Technology in Bengaluru

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    National Informatics Centre (NIC) set up the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Blockchain Technology in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Aim: The main aim is to provide Blockchain as a service and to allow all stakeholders to benefit from shared learning, experiences, and resources. The Centre of Excellence in Blockchain Technology is held by the Union Minister for Law & Justice, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad. The event will be attended by several dignitaries from the Central and State governments. National Informatics Centre (NIC) National Informatics Centre (NIC), as a premier technology advisor and ICT solution provider to the Government at all levels always taken the first step to introduce the latest technologies and services in government, be it the introduction of ICT in Government. The establishment of NICNET or National Knowledge Network (NKN), development of critical e-Governance solutions, and a host of other services required by the Government. Blockchain technology is upcoming & niche technology and adoption of the same in sectors such as health, finance, agriculture, and various other industries would aid the government in implementing various programs and provide trust and immutability to the assets. The CoE has developed Blockchain-based Proof of Concepts (PoCs) for select government use cases to understand the potential benefits provided by this emerging technology. The Centre of Excellence will facilitate the Government Departments in building proof of concepts for the use of Blockchain technology in different dimensions of governance, leading to large scale deployment of some such applications. The National Informatics Centre (NIC) providing a robust and agile infrastructure, the CoE shall also offer Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) for efficient hosting of the Blockchain network.

    DV Sadananda Gowda launches APNA UREA Sona Ugle brand of HURL

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    Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda launched the APNA UREA - Sona Ugle brand of Hindustan Urvarak and Rasayan Limited (HURL) at a function in New Delhi. HURL HURL is a Joint Venture Company promoted by the three Maha Ratna Companies - Coal India Limited, NTPC Limited, and Indian Oil Corporation Limited. The objective of making the country self-reliant in Urea, Prime Minister directed for the revival of five major sick or shutdown fertilizer plants. The Government approved the revival of three sick Urea plants located at Gorakhpur, Sindri, and Barauni by HURL. The other two plants at Ramagundam and Talcher will commence production soon. The country is importing 70 to 80 Lakh metric tonne of fertilizer every year. The commissioning of these five units, the total production of Urea, will increase by over 63 Lakh Metric Tonne per annum. The revival of five Urea plants would reduce dependence on imports.

    Arunachal Pradesh inked a MoU with IUCN to red-listing of orchids

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    Arunachal Pradesh inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) to red-listing of orchids. Arunachal Pradesh becomes the 1st state in the country to initiate the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) red listing at the state level. The state government will collaborate with the IUCN in carrying out the red-list assessment of the orchids in the state. The IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species is a critical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity. A powerful tool to inform and catalyze action for biodiversity conservation and policy change is essential to protecting natural resources. International Union for Conservation of Nature International Union for Conservation of Nature is an international organization working in the field of nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. Headquarters: Gland, Switzerland CEO: Grethel Aguilar - Jun 2019 Members: 1300

    Government mandates hallmarking of gold jewellery

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    The government has notified that it is to mandate hallmarking of gold jewellery and artefacts with effect from 15 January 2021. The jewellers have been given time for the implementation of this notification. Jewellers who violate this will be punished under the provisions of the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016. New rules: ♦ The notification state that only registered jewellers will be allowed to sell the hallmarked gold articles through certified sales outlets. ♦ As per the notifications, the registered jewellers will be allowed to sell jewellery and artefacts only in three grades of gold, 14, 18 and 22 carat, instead of ten grades earlier. ♦ The mandatory hallmarking is not required for gold that is meant for exports. ♦ The new rules are not applicable to any article which is intended to be used for dental, medical, veterinary, scientific or industrial purposes Gold hallmarking: Gold hallmarking is a purity certification of the gold and is voluntary in nature at present. Since April 2000, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is already running a hallmarking scheme for gold jewellery. Also, around 40% of gold jewellery is currently being hallmarked.  Hallmarked gold jewellery will have four components namely BIS mark, purity in carat and fineness, assaying and hallmarking centre's identification mark/number, and jeweller's identification mark/number.

    VigyanSamagam to be held from 21 January to 20 March in New Delhi

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    A multi-venue mega-science exhibition 'Vigyan Samagam' has been scheduled to be held in New Delhi from 21 January to 20 March 2020 at the National Science Centre (NSC), New Delhi. The first-of-its-kind exhibition is being hosted in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, and Delhi from May 2019 to March 2020. The exhibition has been hosted for around two months at each venue.  It was held in Mumbai from 8 May to 7 July 2019, in Bengaluru from 29 July to 28 September 2019 and in Kolkata from 4 November to 31 December 2019.  Organized by: The exhibition is jointly organized by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science & Technology, GoI. Aim: The aim is to highlight the value and impact of fundamental research to a broad cross-section of the audience including students, academician, and industry. The exhibition also aims to further strengthen India's participation in mega-science Projects Vigyan Samagam exhibition: ♦ Vigyan Samagam exhibition will showcase India's contribution to international collaborations on fundamental science and research, and providing a common interactive platform for mega-science Projects, industry, academia, and institutions.  ♦ It provides a science communication platform for members of civil society, policymakers, representatives of print and electronic media. ♦ It also ushers fundamental science and research as a strong career option for youngsters.  ♦ The audience is expected to pave the way for greater interaction between all stakeholders in ideas including cross-fertilization. ♦ The Mega-science collaborations have proposed to showcase: 1. European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) 2. Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) 3. India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) 4. International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) 5. Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) 6. Square Kilometre Array (SKA) 7. Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) ♦ School activities like quizzes, drawing contests, essay-writing, and popular outdoor programmes like science awareness cyclothon, etc. will be carried out during VigyanSamagam.

    Centre to help states to set up vehicle tracking system

    5 days ago
    Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has announced that is will provide support to state governments to help them set up monitoring centres that will track public service vehicles including buses and cab operators like Ola and Uber. The move aims to ensure the safety of passengers using public transport in the country.  Transport vehicles monitoring centres: ♦ Supreme Court-mandated all public transport vehicles to have vehicle tracking systems and emergency buttons with effect from 1 January 2020.  ♦ All the states have made small progress in setting up the monitoring centres. ♦ Hence, the transport ministry is to provide financial support under the Nirbhaya Fund which is managed by the Ministry of Women & child development.  ♦ The estimated cost of the project is Rs.463 crore. Out of the total estimated amount, the Centre will bear Rs.332 crore, while the states will share Rs.131 crore.  Background: Earlier, due to lack of funds, the State governments were not able to set up vehicle monitoring centres. The Centre aims to provide a grant to states for effective implementation of the system. States like Kerala and Uttarakhand have established the centres but was not even able to know if public vehicles have these features since there is no body established to monitor these.

    Dr. M M Kutty inaugurated fuel conservation mega campaign Saksham in New Delhi

    6 days ago
    Secretary, Petroleum and Natural Gas Dr. M M Kutty inaugurated fuel conservation mega campaign 'Saksham' in New Delhi on 16 January 2020. The campaign was organized by the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA). The campaign will be held for a month. Aim: The annual event of Saksham aims at creating mass awareness among the public about conventional fuel conservation. Saksham: ♦ GoI has set to double to 11% by 2040. ♦ The campaign is aimed to address the target and India's share of primary energy demand not only petroleum conservation but the creation of a sustainable development model. ♦ It highlights the major advantages of fuel conservation, and help in a progressive reduction of carbon footprint ♦ The campaign leads to fulfilling government's commitment to a greener environment. ♦ The Secretary also flagged-off the publicity vans of PCRA which will visit states and spread the message of fuel conservation.

    Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated the exhibition on Indian Heritage in Digital Space

    6 days ago
    Union MoS Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated the exhibition on Indian Heritage in Digital Space and First International Heritage Symposium at National Museum, New Delhi The exhibition will be open till 15 February 2020. Organized by: The exhibition was organized by Ministry of Culture and Tourism in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.  Indian Heritage in Digital Space: ♦ The visitors will be able to see the recreations of the socio-cultural life and traditions of Hampi, architectural and conjectural reconstructions of several important structures and experience demystification of many murals in the exhibition.  ♦ The initiative of the use of technology in heritage is very important as it should not be limited to research only ♦ The exhibition aims to reach people in a way that they get a chance to know and understand the unseen aspects of heritage sites easily. ♦ It also introduces the history and features of heritage through the use of technology. ♦ A person who comes to the museum is guided by the use of technology so that it enriches their experience of the visit. ♦ This special exhibition showcase adaptation and infusion of technologies being developed under the Indian Digital  Heritage (IDH) initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India in the cultural heritage domain of the country. 

    CARA celebrated 5th Annual Day on 15 January

    6 days ago
    Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) celebrated its 5th Annual Day in New Delhi on 15 January 2020. Secretary WCD, Rabindra Panwar along with other senior officials of the Ministry, its associated Statutory/Autonomous Bodies and representatives from the States and Union Territories participated in the function. Souvenirs to commemorate the Annual Day was unveiled during the event.  CARA's service: ♦ CARA conducted various training programmes and workshops at national and state levels for all the stakeholders of the adoption programme in 2019. ♦ It carried out a number of advocacy programs through various mediums to create awareness and sensitization of the general public and reached out to citizens through various inter-active programmes like Jan Sampark and through Social Media platforms.  ♦ It gives emphasis to the rehabilitation of older and special needs children in various Child Care Institutions across the country. CARA: CARA is an apex body of the Government of India. It was established in 1990. It promotes and facilitates In-country Adoption. The designated Central Authority for regulating Inter-country Adoption was designated as a Statutory Body on 15 January 2016, under the provisions of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. 

    CM Thackeray to launch the first girder for the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link

    8 days ago
    Maharashtra Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray is expected to launch the first girder for the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL) in January 2020. The estimated cost of the project is Rs.18,000 crore. The project is expected to be completed by 2022. Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link: ♦ The bridge will connect south Mumbai's eastern coast to Nhava Sheva on the mainland. ♦ The 22km bridge will begin at Sewri, cross Thane creek north of Elephanta Island and end at Chirle village near Nhava Sheva. ♦ It will ensure faster connectivity between Navi Mumbai and south Mumbai ♦ It might decongest Mumbai as owing to superior connectivity, many may opt to move to Navi Mumbai. It will also connect to the Navi Mumbai Internation Airport. ♦ The construction began in April 2018. ♦ MMRDA has estimated that 70,000 vehicles will use the bridge daily after it opens.

    Housing ministry launched an e-commerce platform

    8 days ago
    Housing ministry launched an e-commerce platform, housingforall.com, to facilitate homebuyers in identifying genuine properties. The move aims to bring the trust back in the real estate sector. It was launched by the National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO).​​​​​​​ Aim: The main objective of the e-commerce platform is to bring transparency in the sector and offer only certified projects. e-commerce platform: ♦ The e-commerce platform is for projects that have received occupancy certificates (OCs). ♦ The companies are expected to create a seamless, safe and transparent home-buying experience for home buyers.  ♦ The portal will enhance the liquidity flow in the industry and contribute to the growth of the economy.  ♦ The portal will be open for one month only for the real estate developers to register their projects. After that, the portal will be opened for home buyers with a 45-day sale period starting from 14 February 2020.  ♦ The portal has been designed for all industry stakeholders. It has a powerful backend that manages and displays the most accurate inventory data in the market. It also, allows the buyers to book their flats directly online.

    Captain Tania Shergill to be the first woman parade adjutant for the Republic Day parade

    8 days ago
    Captain Tania Shergill has been selected to be the first woman parade adjutant for the Republic Day parade. The parade adjutant is responsible for the parade. In the 2019 Republic Day parade. Captain Bhavna Kasturi was the first woman officer to lead an all-men contingent. Captain Tania Shergill: Captain Tania Shergill is an officer with the Army's Corps of Signals. She was commissioned in March 2017 from the Officer Training Academy, Chennai. She is an electronics and communications graduate. Her father, grandfather and great-grandfather have also served in the Indian Army.

    A high-level committee clears Rs.6,608 crore worth project for Tamil Nadu

    8 days ago
    A high-level committee for investment facilitation and single-window clearances chaired by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami at the Secretariat approved necessary clearances to a total of 15 projects that were at various stages of investment and commencement of business on 13 January 2020. The proposals entail investments worth Rs.6,608 crore.  15 New projects: ♦ The projects are expected to generate 6,700 jobs in the State. ♦ The projects will come up in Coimbatore, Kancheepuram, Krishnagiri, Perambalur, Thoothukudi, Tiruchi, Tiruvallur and Vellore districts of the State.  ♦ The panel reviewed every project and necessary clearances were granted.  Tamil Nadu: State formed on: 1 November 1956 Governor: Banwarilal Purohit Chief Minister: Edappadi K. Palaniswami Capital: Chennai Districts: 37 Literacy (2011): 80.33%

    The 6th meeting of IDA focused on Green Development in the Islands

    8 days ago
    The sixth meeting of the Island Development Agency (IDA) held on 13 January in New Delhi. The meeting was chaired by the Union Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah. The agency reviewed the progress made towards the Holistic development of islands programme. For the first time, the government of India carried out an initiative of sustainable development in the identified Islands under the guidance of IDA.  Aim: The aim of the move by GoI is to create job opportunities for the islanders through tourism promotion and export of seafood and coconut-based products made in the Islands.  Meeting Highlights: ♦ IDA decide to implement the project in 4 islands of Andaman & Nicobar and 5 islands of Lakshadweep. ♦ Model tourism projects on both Land-based and Water Villas were planned and bids have been invited for private sector participation. ♦ It has been decided to obtain clearances for the implementation of the planned projects up-front.  ♦ All necessary clearances would be in place before bids finalization. Environment and Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearances have already been obtained for four exemplary tourism projects of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. ♦ In order to strengthen infrastructure support, projects for improving air, sea and digital connectivity are being implemented. It has been discussed that Port Blair and another 7 islands in Andaman & Nicobar will get digitally connected through submarine optical fibre cable by June 2020.  ♦ It is expected that it will facilitate to set up of Information Technology based and other Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the islands with incentives through Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar Islands Industrial Development Scheme (LANIDS). ♦ It is aimed that the proposed airports in Great Nicobar Island of Andaman & Nicobar and Minicoy Island of Lakshadweep will catalyze the development process in the region. Participants: Lt. Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Admiral D. K. Joshi (retd), Administrator of Lakshadweep, Shri Dineshwar Sharma, Shri Rajiv GaubaCabinet Secretary, Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, Secretaries and senior officials from the Ministries of Home, Commerce, Tribal Affairs, Environment and Forest, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Telecommunications, Shipping, Water Resources, Earth Sciences, New and Renewable Energy participated in the meeting.

    Dharmendra Pradhan flagged off 3121st Bulk LPG Tanker Truck during Special NVDP

    9 days ago
    The Special National Vendor Development Program (NVDP) on Petroleum and Steel sectors for SC/ST Entrepreneurs was held on 13 January 2020. It was organized by the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI). The Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan flagged off 3121st Bulk LPG Tanker Truck during the program.  The measures taken by GoI for the SC/ST community including National Infrastructure Pipeline and Ujjwala connections were discussed. ♦ The government initiated an Rs.100 lakh crore worth of National Infrastructure Pipeline to open 75,000 petrol pumps. Out of the total, 25,000 pumps have been reserved for the SC/ST community.  ♦ Out of a total of 8 crore Ujjwala connections, over 3 crore connections are handed over to the SC/ST community.  Participants: Around 700 SC/ST medium and small enterprises from across the country participated in the Special NVDP.   Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI): DICCI was founded in 2005 by Milind Kamble. It is the apex body of SC/ST Entrepreneurs in India. It has 29 state chapters and 7 international chapters. The main objective of the organization is to promote business enterprises for Dalits.  DICCI organizes NVDP, industrial exhibitions, and trade fair to showcase products manufactured by SC/ST businessmen, to leverage market access support and networking.

    Amit Shah launched VISWAS and Cyber Aashvast project

    9 days ago
    The Union Home minister Amit Shah launched Video Integration and State Wide Advanced Security (VISWAS) and Cyber Aashvast projects of CCTV network command and control centre and cybersecurity at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar on 11 January 2020.  VISWAS was initiated by then Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat in 2013-14 with a network of 279 CCTV cameras installed at public places. Currently, there are 1256 junctions over 7,000 CCTV cameras are installed and networked covering 34 district headquarters and 7 tourism places. The districts have Netram command centres while the centralized command and control centre has been named Trinetra.  Other launches: ♦ Shah launched India's first anti-cyberbullying unit. People can complain regarding online cheating, harassment or fraud can dial police control room number 100 for help ♦ He launched Viswas e-challan payment portal e-challanpayment.gujarat.gov.in ♦ He launched cybernodal.gujarat.gov.in for inter-state cybercrime related complaints ♦ He also launched the SMS system to alert and prevent cybercrime by contacting vulnerable people. The system will also inform them about suspicious activity.

    Tata Power Solar bagged Rs.1,505 crore project from NTPC

    9 days ago
    Tata Power Solar Systems Ltd bagged a megaproject from NTPC for a 250-megawatt solar project under the Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSU) scheme. The cost of the project is Rs.1,505 crore. It has been estimated to be completed in a period of 20 months.  CPSU scheme: ♦ The CPSU scheme aims to set up 12,000 MW of solar capacity by government companies by the financial year 2022-23.  ♦ The Cabinet already sanctioned a viability gap funding support of Rs.8,580 crore towards the scheme capped at Rs.70 lakh per MW.  ♦ The project is in line with the government's Make in India mission.

    PM launched multimodal development projects for Kolkata Port

    9 days ago
    Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched projects worth Rs.600 crore during the grand Sesquicentenary Celebrations of the Kolkata Port Trust on 12 January 2020. PM announced that the Kolkata Port Trust is to be renamed as Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Port after Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee to mark the on 150th-year celebrations of Kolkata Port Trust. Multimodal development projects: ♦ The Multimodal development projects include upgraded Ship repair facility at Netaji Subhash Dry Dock, upgraded railway infrastructure of Kolkata dock system for smooth cargo movement and riverfront development scheme of the Kolkata Port.  ♦ GoI is taking several other measures to expand the inland waterways connectivity through an integrated transport policy. ♦ It is also modernizing old Ports and developing new Ports through the Sagarmala project. ♦ Various projects are being carried out for the expansion of water-based tourism in the country. Other Highlights: ♦ He released a commemoratives stamp on the 150th years of the Kolkata Port Trust.  ♦ He also honored two oldest pensioners namely Smt. Nagina Bhagat and Mr. Naresh Chandra Chakraborty. ♦ He launched the Port Anthem at the event. ♦ PM Modi handed over a cheque of Rs.501 crore to the chairman of LIC Mr. M.R. Kumar towards final installment to meet the deficit of pension funds of the Kolkata Port Trust.  ♦ Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the grand Sesquicentenary Celebrations of the Kolkata Port Trust on 12 January 2020.

    India erects a new non-cut steel fence along Pakistan, Bangladesh

    11 days ago
    India is currently erecting a new non-cut steel fence along its sensitive border with Pakistan and Bangladesh. It aims to plug vulnerable and infiltration-prone patches. Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Border Security Force (BSF) has been speeding up the Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) for the deployment of smart fences, advanced surveillance gadgets and anti-infiltration alarms Non-cut steel fence: ♦ The single-row fence has loops of concertina wires on top. ♦ It is being erected at a 60 km border stretch in Amritsar, Punjab. ♦ A pilot project of the new fence is being tested at a 7 km stretch in Assam's Silchar. It is being analyzed by the Border Security Force (BSF). ♦ The cost of the fence will cost about Rs.2 crore for a kilometre ♦ Based on the feedback received from the pilot projects, the new fence will be erected at more places where either the old one has worn out or there was no fence owing to geographical challenges. ♦ It aims to strengthen Indian defences along Pakistan, mapping of infiltration prone areas along the two borders.

    Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre

    11 days ago
    Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) and National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal. Through the portal, people can report cyber crimes online.  Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C): ♦ I4C and the portal will let all cybercrime-related complaints be accessed by law enforcement agencies in the states and union territories (UTs) to take action as per the law. ♦ More than 700 police districts and more than 3,900 police stations have been connected to the portal, www.cybercrime.gov.in, so far. ♦ It is a citizen-centric initiative.  The portal aims to boost the capacity of the law enforcement agencies to investigate cases ♦ It is expected that it will improve the success rate of prosecutions.  The portal also focuses on specific crimes especially those related to finance and social media like cyberbullying, stalking, etc. ♦ It will improve coordination amongst the agencies of law enforcement in different states, districts, and police stations to deal with cybercrimes in a coordinated and effective manner. The 7 main components are:  1) National Cyber Crime Threat Analytics Unit 2) National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal 3) National Cyber Crime Training Centre 4) Cyber Crime Ecosystem Management Unit 5) National Cyber Crime Research and Innovation Centre 6) National Cyber Crime Forensic Laboratory Ecosystem 7) Platform for Joint Cyber Crime Investigation Team. Note: The scheme to set up I4C portal was approved by GoI in October 2018. The estimated cost for the project was Rs.415.86 crore. It was aimed to deal with all types of cybercrimes in a comprehensive and coordinated manner.

    Ministry of Steel to launch of Purvodaya, an Integrated Steel Hub

    11 days ago
    Ministry of steel in partnership with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and JPC is organizing the launch of Purvodaya-Accelerated Development of Eastern Region through an Integrated Steel hub on 11 January 2020 at The Oberoi Grand Kolkata, West Bengal. The hub will be launched by the Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan. The hub is in line with the Prime Minister's Vision for the focused development of the Eastern States.  Purvodaya: ♦ Purvodaya will be a world-class steel hub. It would significantly contribute to propelling socio-economic development in the Eastern region. ♦ Steel capacity addition will entail capital investments of >$70 Bn and lead to an incremental GSDP of >$35 bn through steel alone.  ♦ It is expected that the growth of the steel industry through such a hub will generate over 2.5 Million jobs in the region. ♦ The creation of world-class logistics and utility infrastructure will spur the development of other manufacturing industries across many sectors in the state.  ♦ The hub will be accompanied by social infrastructure in the form of cities, schools, hospitals, skilling centres, etc.  ♦ It will play a significant role in the overall socio-economic growth of Eastern India and reduce the disparity between the East and other regions of the country.

    Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly adopted a new logo

    11 days ago
    The Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly (APLA) adopted a new logo on 9 January. The logo reflects the distinct identity and culture of the state. Logo: ♦ The new logo consists of the national emblem and the state flower foxtail orchid, Rhynchostylis Retusa. ♦ The national emblem in the logo signifies the federal system of the Indian Constitution ♦ The flower foxtail orchid represents the state, its people and culture of the state ♦ The blue colour of the logo denotes the autonomy of the assembly secretariat.

    UP organizes programs to promote Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat campaign

    11 days ago
    As a measure to promote Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat, the Uttar Pradesh State government organized various programs in the State. Many schools and colleges of the state are organizing events for the purpose.   Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat in UP: ♦ Uttar Pradesh has partnered with Arunachal Pradesh to promote the campaign. Many cultural exchanges took place between the two states.  ♦ Cultural troops of Arunachal Pradesh performed in Agra district of the state in December 2019. ♦ As a part of cultural exchange, many artisans from UP also went to Arunachal Pradesh and tasted the authentic UP Food. This event was promoted by the state culture department. ♦ The events are being organized at a regular interval in various parts of the country  ♦ It encourages people of both states to know each other's culture in a better way.  ♦ Baba Sahab Bhimrao Ambedkar University Lucknow has announced that it is to celebrate EK Bharat Shreshtha Bharat day on every second Friday of the month.

    UP to set up a zoo named after Shaheed Ashfaqullah Khan

    11 days ago
    Uttar Pradesh State government is to set up a zoological garden in Gorakhpur, UP. The zoo is to be named after the socialist and freedom fighter Shaheed Ashfaqullah Khan.  About UP's new zoological garden: ♦ The zoological garden will be spread across 121 acres in Gorakhpur ♦ The state government has set aside Rs.234 crore to set up the zoological garden Ashfaqulla Khan: Khan was born on 22 October 1900 in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh. He was a freedom fighter who participated in Gandhi's non-cooperation movement (NCM), Chauri Chaura incident.  Ashfaqulla Khan along with Ram Prasad Bismil found the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA). The association aimed to win freedom for the country through an armed revolution. Khan and Bismil were sentenced to death for the Kakori train robbery, commonly referred to as the Kakori conspiracy of 1925. In April 1927, he was arrested and sentenced to death.

    IT dept sets up control room ahead of Delhi election

    11 days ago
    The Income-Tax (IT) Department has launched a control room to monitor black money and illegal inducements round the clock, that is 24x7, in Delhi on 10 January 2020.  Control room: ♦ The control room will host a toll-free number, 1800117574 ♦ People can inform the department about any activity of illegal distribution of cash, use of money power, among other such election-related crimes.  ♦ The control room has been established in the investigation wing of the department in Delhi. Delhi Election: The moves come before the assembly elections to the seventy seats in Delhi will be held on 8 February. The state election will witness the contest among the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress. The results are scheduled to be declared on 11 February 2020. On the other, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has also appointed 22 IRS officers of the IT Department as expenditure observers for these poll

    AAI reported that 4 Indian airports received international recognition

    11 days ago
    The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has announced 4 airports in India have received international recognition for reducing carbon emission. The airports had adopted the grading system in 2018 as per ACI. Report: ♦ The airports have transited from level 1 to level 2 as they successfully implemented a carbon emission plan by grading their systems according to the Airports Council International (ACI) in 2018. ♦ The four airports are: 1) Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata 2) Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar 3) Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Varanasi  4) Trivandrum International Airport  ♦ AAI data reported that the CO2 emission in the airports during the years 2015,16,17,18 witnessed a decrease in emission despite an increase in air traffic. ♦ It also met the 4 grading systems of ACI namely mapping, reduction, optimization, and neutrality. ♦ The 4 airports met all the necessary requirements to upgrade to level 2 as per the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) Program.

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